Women Observing the Wreck of the Old 97
When it crashed, the Old 97 was en route from Monroe, Virginia, to Spencer, North Carolina. The train was behind schedule, and engineer Joseph A. "Steve" Broadey reportedly increased the locomotive's speed well above the norm. As the train descended the curved tracks approaching the Stillhouse Trestle, Broadey was unable to reduce speed, and the locomotive and all four cars went off the tracks and hit the rocky bottom of the shallow creek below. Newspapers across the country ran stories of the wreck, and crowds flocked to the scene. In this photograph, women join in surveying the damage.